Unid@s for Oregon

Unifying Leaders for Systems Change in Oregon

Latino Network’s UNID@S leadership development program aims to create a strong, connected, intergenerational network of established Latino leaders from all sectors and regions of Oregon. Through a unified statewide voice and presence in all levels of leadership, UNID@S advances the well being of all Latinos.

In 2010, Latino leaders in the tri-county area gathered and identified a gap in “Latino leadership cohesion, collaboration, trust-building and strategic coordination”. Honoring the voices of these leaders, UNID@S was created as part of the Coalition of Communities of Color Leadership Development Program called Bridges.

UNID@S builds trust and collaboration among leaders and lays the foundation for lasting systems change in the state. Sessions address:

  • Systems of oppression and racism

  • Intercultural and intergenerational communication

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Community building

  • Shared leadership

  • Cultural expression and identity

  • Political acumen and the ability to influence civic institutions

Program Overview

Each UNID@S cohort is comprised of approximately 20 Latino leaders from across the state who commit to one year of leadership development. Starting with a kick-off reception in the fall and continuing through bi-monthly sessions, the cohort learns and grows together. Selected participants are required to attend each program session. There are a total of 5 sessions. Following completion of the program, participants will become a part of the UNID@S alumni family and gain access to a strong peer network along with new alumni engagement and leadership opportunities.


The UNID@S program embraces the strength in our diversity as a Latino community. We aim to bring together a diverse and intergenerational group of Latino leaders from different regions across Oregon. To that end, we consider the geographic, gender, racial and sector diversity of the group as a whole. The ideal participant will have a track record of leadership and have a strong interest in sharing, learning and building mutual alliances to advance the wellbeing of our community in Oregon.

UNID@S for Oregon, Cohort 8

UNID@S is proud to announce that twenty-four Latino leaders have been selected for Cohort 8!

Jessica Price, Associate General Counsel, University of Oregon (Willamette Valley)
Monica Morillas, Field Technology Analyst, OHSU (Portland Metro)
Marcela Cartagena, Director of Emergency Services, Human Solutions (Portland Metro)
Dawn Richardson, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Professor OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (Portland Metro)
Debbie Cabrales, Senior Family Stability Program Coordinator, Latino Network (Willamette Valley)
Valerie Morales, Administrative Staff, Lane County Developmental Disabilities (Willamette Valley)
Glenda Quezada, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Multnomah County (Portland Metro)
Marvin Peña, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator, Voz Workers' Rights Education Project (Portland Metro)
Zaida Gomez, Program Director, Lewis & Clark Latino Problem Gambling Services (Portland Metro)
Clara B Fernandez, Administrative Assistant, Cambia Health Solutions (Portland Metro)
Hector Rodriguez, Associate Planner, ODOT (Portland Metro)
Stephanie Martinez, SUN Site Manager, Latino Network (Portland Metro)
Diego Gioseffi, Volunteer Coordinator, II, Metro Regional Government - Parks & Nature Department (Portland Metro)
Jonas Angelet, Community Programs Manager, Portland Center Stage at The Armory (Portland Metro)
David Ezekiel-Herrera, Biostatistician, OHSU Department of Family Medicine (Portland Metro)
Alma Morales Galicia, Business Operations Analyst, Portland Public Schools (Portland Metro)
Alicia Ramirez, Health Equity Coordinator-Community Health Worker, The Next Door, Inc. (Columbia Gorge)
Silvia Tanner, Senior Counsel & Analyst, Renewable Northwest (Portland Metro)
Alondra Canizal Hsu, School Administration Student, Concordia University (Portland Metro)
Heather Medina Sauceda, Basin Team Leader, USDA - NRCS (Willamette Valley)
Jacqueline Alarcon, Owner/Attorney Yates Family Law, PC (Portland Metro)
Linda Jaramillo, Consultant, Private Owner (Portland Metro)
Daniel Garcia, Director of Latino Services, Central City Concern (Portland Metro)
Miriam Calderon, Early Learning System, Director State of Oregon (Willamette Valley)


  • UNID@S Orientation

    • Friday, October 4, 3:30pm-7:30pm

    • Latino Network, Portland, Oregon

  • UNID@S Kick-off Retreat Orientation (call-in)

    • Tuesday, October 8, 9-10am or 3-4pm

  • Session 1: UNID@S Kick-off Retreat

    • Tuesday, October 22 thru Friday, October 25

    • Hallmark Resort, Cannon Beach, Oregon

  • Holiday Open House (optional) - Friday, December 6

    • Latino Network, Portland, Oregon

  • Session 2: Latino Community Engagement

    • Friday, January 10 & Saturday, January 11

    • Northwest Health Foundation, Portland, Oregon

  • Session 3: Bridges Across Communities of Color

    • Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14

    • IRCO, Portland, Oregon

  • Session 4: Leading with Our Stories

    • Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11

    • Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon

  • Session 5: Political Orientation & UNID@S Graduation Ceremony

    • Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9

    • Location TBD

View past Unid@s Leaders

Latino Network thanks Meyer Memorial Trust for their generous funding to start Unid@s and fund the first three cohorts. We also thank the following organizations for their support and funding: Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon Community Foundation, and The Collins Foundation.

UNID@S Cohort 8 Nomination Form

For more information contact Joaquin Lopez: joaquin@latnet.org or at 503-997-2275.